ITU World Triathlon Series San Diego: Oakley Goes 1, 2, 3…Twice, Olympic Dreams Come True For US Athletes
Southern California, home to theme parks, movie stars and some of the best weather in the world, is often referred to as a place where dreams come true. There were no Disney characters, Hollywood A-listers or fantasy lands in San Diego during the ITU World Triathlon Series, but it was definitely the happiest place on earth for many of Oakley’s best athletes and Olympic hopefuls. The women’s race on Friday saw a podium filled with Oakley athletes, while the women’s US Olympic Team was decided; also a clean sweep for Oakley. Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins topped the women’s field, with Australia’s Erin Densham close behind. USA’s Laura Bennett rounded out the podium while landing herself the last qualifying spot to represent Team USA in the London Olympics. On the men’s side, USA’s Manny Huerta was the story of the day, joining Hunter Kepmer in grabbing the final two spots on Team USA.
Triathletes are some of the most amazing specimens on the planet. Challenging their bodies to a swim, bike ride and run, these athletes are tested both mentally and physically while strategically making their way to a grueling finish. Oakley’s Javier Gomez Noya proved that he is the ultimate surgeon when it comes to precision in navigating a tough triathlon course. On a hot, windy day in Eilat, Israel, the Spaniard overcame a massive deficit to run his way to his third European Championship at the 2012 Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championship.